(National Sentinel)Â Compassion: President Donald J. Trump, who pledged to donate his paycheck to various causes and charities throughout his tenure, announced on Thursday his 3rd quarter compensation will go to help the Department of Health and Human Services battle the opioid crisis.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee SandersÂ said Trump’s $100,000 gift will be made close to “Giving Tuesday” after the Thanksgiving holiday, a day when Americans are urged to show their support for various organizations that help those less fortunate.
â€œAs the Gospel of Luke says, â€˜From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked,’â€ Sanders said.
â€œThe President is leading by example on this. As youâ€™re aware, he donates his full presidential salary on a quarterly basis,â€ she said.â€Â He donated his first-quarter salary to fund restoration projects at the (Antietam) National Battlefield. In the second quarter, he donated his salary to the Department of Education so they could host science, technology, engineering, and math camps for children.â€
Health and Human Services acting Secretary Eric Hargan said his department would use the donation towards the “planning and design of a large-scale public awareness campaign about the dangers of opioid addiction.”
â€œHis decision to donate his salary is a tribute to his compassion, to his patriotism and his sense of duty to the American people,â€ Hargan said Thursday, as reported by theÂ New York Post.
â€œBut itâ€™s his compassion, above all, that drives his interest in the issue to which HHS is going to devote his donation: Americaâ€™s devastating opioid crisis,â€ Hargan said.
Hargan also said during the press briefing with Sanders that opioid crisis is more than just a numbers game.
â€œThe President is personally dedicated to defeating this crisis because addiction hits home for so many of us. You heard him share the story in his opioid speech about how he lost his own brother to alcoholism. And speaking personally, opioid addiction has been a presence in my hometown, in my family, for years. It was years ago, in fact, that I lost a close relative who constantly struggled with opioids,” he said.
Trump’s brother Fred was addicted to alcohol.
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